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to establish the Jewish Commonwealth, Wolffsohn took over and was
made president of the Zionist Organization. He succeeded in getting
Edmond de Rothschild’s financial support and conceived the plan for
a Hebrew university in Jerusalem; he later contributed an important
sum of money towards the realization of this project.
He was popular and beloved everywhere, a thoroughly honest and
loyal man who never hesitated to sacrifice his whole personality, even
his health, to the Zionist ideas. He died in September 1914, shortly
after World War I had broken out.
Emil Bernhard Cohn, a veteran German Zionist writer now in the
United States, was commissioned by the Wolffsohn foundation to write
this book. He gives a carefully assembled biography of this “businessman,
shopkeeper, timber merchant, who rose from obscurity — to whomHerzl’s
shadow was light . . . . ”
— H e l e n H i r s c h i n
Contemporary Jewish Record
Chaim Weizmann.
By
M
e y e r
W . W
e i s g a l
.
New York,
D
ia l
P
r e s s
,
1944. 340 pages. $3.50.
Chaim Weizmann is an inspirer because he is inspired. He has breathed
upon the twenty-eight contributors to this volume and they — singly
and without intercommunication — have painted an enduring portrait of
the man.
A book of this sort is, beyond certain generalities, difficult to review.
It is not possible to characterize each of the twenty-eight contributions.
Yet each is worthy of particular attention. The weightiest section is,
of its own nature, that on
The Statesman.
That section is illuminated by
the almost visionary passion of Dorothy Thompson, the profound and
incisive analysis of Maurice Samuel, the grave, high tribute to a people
and a leader of Thomas Mann, the eloquence and insight into the essence
of things Jewish of Ludwig Lewisohn.
There is the warm, simple, singularly attractive tribute of Jacob Fish-
man who leads, as it were, the roll call of Dr. Weizmann’s fellow workers:
Lipsky and Sacher and Stephen Wise and Nahum Goldmann and Abba
Hillel Silver and Morris Rothenberg and Israel Goldstein, the eminent
lieutenants of their great captain, who each contributes a significant voice
to this extraordinarily harmonious chorus. And what, finally, shall a
layman say to the section
The Scientist
in which technically and learnedly
a group of assistants and colleagues elucidate Dr. Weizmann’s scientific
achievements? One understands as much as one can and gains a deeper
insight into the wonder of the fact that a scientist of this stature became
a leader and a prophet, both of which are usually rather the functions
of the poetic and not of the scientific character. And then one reads or
rereads the admirable and stirring little anthology drawn from Weiz-
mann’s Zionist writings and addresses and ends gladly with the warmly
human, well modulated epilogue of Meyer Weisgal.
Chaim Weizmann and those whom he has so deeply moved to write
about him— these are the very present witnesses of the immense alive-
ness of the Jewish people and its spirit in this disastrous age.
—Louis E.
L e v i n t h a l
in
The New Palestine